Istanbul is unique. It is the only city in the world where two continents meet. Enjoy old and new in the cultural capital of Turkey with Istanbul expert Marc Guillet

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12/03Modern and traditional toilets ala Turka

 In Istanbul’s old town, with all the touristic high lights, many public restrooms are not in a good condition. Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbaş has promised to renovate existing facilities, including those in mosques, and construct new, modern ones. “There are often questions surrounding the cleanliness of public restrooms, so the municipality will initiate a project to... Read more »

09/03Blue Mosque in the heart of old Istanbul

The Blue Mosque – officially the sultan Ahmet Mosque – is one of the great must-see attractions of the old city. In the heart of the original site of the city of Byzantium. The mosque, built on the site of the former, most important Byzantine palace, is known for its six minarets and the blue-and-white... Read more »

05/03Oldest graffiti artist adores Atatürk

You will find his work on many walls in Istanbul. On the European as well as on the Asian shores of the Bosporus. I saw him once around 11 PM drawing on exactly this spot in Kadıköy, where the Roma women are selling their flowers. He is retired and in his 70ties. He draws always the... Read more »

18/02 Beware of the shoeshine trick!

09/02 Best blogs on Istanbul & Turkey

21/11 Flea market impressions in Feriköy

18/11 Stroll through Kadıköy and Moda in Asia

18/02 Top 5 Tips by British Consul-General


08/11Discover Viktor Levi, Wine House since 1914

When visiting Istanbul you definitely should check out the Asian side of the city as well. Kadıköy is my favourite district. It is a large, populous, and cosmopolitan part of Istanbul, on the northern shore of the Sea of Marmara, facing the historic city centre on the European side of the Bosporus. It is the... Read more »

04/11Bomontiada: live music, food, art, drinks

It was a Friday night and the kick off of the 27th Akbank Jazz Festival in Istanbul. As a group of fresh-out-of-university people we were looking forward to enjoy Ilhan Ersahin’s tunes. ( They combine electronic music with saxophone and sounds from the Middle East. (I recommend you continue reading with Ilhan Ersahin playing in the... Read more »

03/11Recommended hotels in Istanbul

Here is my list of good hotels in several districts of Istanbul, recommended by tourists who have stayed there. Do you have any others? Good or bad experiences with these hotels? Please share it here on this site! Hotels in touristic Sultanahmet district Celal Sultan Erbil Santa Sophia Hali Ipek Palace Orsep Royal Sumengen Avicenna... Read more »

02/03 How to drink Turkish coffee

14/01 Dishes dressed fit for a sultan

02/01 Enjoy the new-look Karaköy

26/12 Christmas lunch in Istanbul

13/12 Hip and humor in Mama Shelter hotel

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